The Story Museum in Oxford is an immersive experience into a world of stories and quite frankly it is fabulous! I am so impressed with this place and the magical world it transports you to. The word ‘Museum’ doesn’t really do it justice (my kids always groan at the sound of a museum!). I think ‘The Story Emporium’ or something along those lines would better reflect how wonderful it is.
On arrival at the museum you head upstairs to the portal where you will be given a head set each and choose your wand to take with you around the galleries. The story guides give you an introduction and then send you off to begin your journey.
Your adventure begins in the Whispering Wood. In this magical indoor forest every tree has a story to tell (literally!). Go to each tree in turn and move the leaf to wake the tree up and hear its story through your headset. The stories are short fables from around the world and are really enjoyable to listen to.
You will also find the sword in the stone which the kids loved trying to pull out.
Once you have finished exploring the Whispering Wood you can leave your headset and wand in the baskets and head upstairs to the Treasure Chamber. This is home to the new exhibition ‘Book Of Hopes’ which is about finding hope in the little things. There is an indoor garden complete with a beautiful paper tree right in the centre of the room.
There are 4 sheds around the ‘garden’ all with different activities. The first one has costumes to dress up in and scripts as well as dressing room style mirrors.
The second one is a dark den with bean bags and lights, plus a radio for trying to contact alien life! My boys spent ages in this one!
The third shed is perfect for young writers and encourages them to use their imaginations to create a story of their own. It reminded me of Roald Dahl’s writing shed at the Roald Dahl Museum.
The final shed has funky LED lights which can change colour. The walls, floor and ceiling are covered in drawings and doodles. It’s such a fun place and the kids loved leaving their mark on it.
After exploring the fantastic indoor garden we headed to The Enchanted Library.
This is my favourite part of the museum. Walking through the library takes you into the world of some of our best loved story books, Narnia of course being one of them.
There are different rooms themed around different stories in the library and they literally transport you into that world. It is so cleverly done and so magical!
There are interactive things to do in each of the rooms, such as turning on Horrid Henry’s radio in his bedroom.
Or watching The Snowman in a 1970s living room.
Once you’ve finished exploring the museum, head downstairs to enjoy the café or browse the gift shop. I would recommend allowing 2-2.5 hours for your visit (longer if you visit the café too).
The Story Museum really is a magical place to visit. It’s fun, interactive and inspirational. Families of all ages will love exploring everything this place has to offer. Everything has been so well thought out, I am really impressed. There is a buggy park downstairs with lockers and plenty of toilet facilities. These include baby changing and a disabled toilet with shower, height adjustable bench and ceiling hoist (I told you they’ve thought of everything!).
- Toilets / Disabled Toilet Yes (Disabled toilet has shower, height adjustable bench and ceiling hoist)
- Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes, buggy park indoors
- Disabled Access Lift access to all areas. Induction loop and transcripts of stories in the Whispering Wood. Free entry for carers. Assistance dogs welcome.
- Dog Friendly No, assistance dogs only.
- Refreshments available Yes
- Car Park No
- Gift Shop Yes
- Baby facilities Yes
Address: 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP
Price Band: ££
Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted tickets to The Story Museum in order to carry out this review. All words, photos and opinions are that of my own.